Hokie Tracks

Last Call For Hokie Tracks

This is the last edition of Hokie Tracks for the foreseeable future. Players report Monday, practice begins Tuesday. There will be actual football things to cover (yay!), and more substantive posts focussed on the upcoming season. I liked talking about non-Tech football things during the offseason, I think some of you might have too, if you're one of those people and a story, picture, whatever, catches your eye, share a link to it in the forum to get a discussion going.

This might be an actual copy of the Frankinator's to-do as two of the first three items involve special teams. What stood out to me was Beamer's praise of sophomore Ryan Malleck.

"I think Malleck is the (most complete) guy right now," Beamer said. "Martin has certainly got some toughness to him. Dunn could become that. He could certainly become a threat as a receiver. Now, if he improves his blocking, he could get there. (Duan) Perez-Means and Redman, they've got some opportunities there, too. I think Malleck is kind of the one that's the most complete right now."

Hokie Tracks are on Standby

Here's Monday's edition of Hokie Tracks a little early because I'm delayed at the airport and decided that writing a post on my iPhone would be a good idea. Apologies in advance for any typos. Real quick, here are a few site updates. If you haven't noticed yet I tweaked the layout of the site for the better, I think. More layout changes are coming, most of which will focus on a better designed forum. By the way, you can now hover over topics to get a preview of the post inside. A primary goal of this site is to make it the best Hokies community online. If you haven't registered yet, please consider doing so and join the conversation. If you are registered, but have kept quiet, post a link, picture, or start a discussion in the forum. Thank you all for making this place great! As always, any feedback on how to improve is appreciated.

Hokie Tracks Still Don't Have a Ring

Will someone please think of the "BC-Mess" headlines. The worst acronym is college sports is dead.

One source indicated that the old name couldn't be attached to a playoff that will "eventually" be bigger than the Final Four and second only to the Super Bowl in terms of this nation's sporting events. The term "BCS" simply had too much of a negative connotation. The commissioners couldn't afford for the controversies attached to the "Bowl Championship Series" to accompany major college football's first playoff.

Meanwhile, the upcoming playoff is getting more finalized by the day.

Following Wednesday's four-hour meeting in the Intercontinental Hotel, the BCS commissioners emerged together and announced -- in the "Camelot Room" of all places -- they had "developed a consensus behind a four-team seeded playoff."

That model, multiple sources told CBSSports.com, would be the "best four teams" chosen by a selection committee with the committee putting emphasis on conference champions.

Hokie Tracks are on the West Coast

Bruce Feldman profiled Logan Thomas. By now, most of you know Thomas' story: tight end to quick learning, sucessful quarterback. Even though the narrative remains unchanged, it's great to see LT3 get national attention.

Mike Barber wrote a nice Father's Day piece on Frank and Shane Beamer. Both Beamers seem to hint that the next coach is already on the current staff. That doesn't surprise me considering the Frankinator's loyalty to his staff and the family-like atmosphere of the program. When the time comes, I'm in favor of a national search. That effort may find Shane or Torrian, my one and two respectively from the current staff, as the best candidate. Keep in mind, this will probably be Jim Weaver's replacement's hire.

Hokie Tracks Played Super Smash Bros. Melee over their Summers

Mike Goforth updated BeamerBall.com on injuries. ACL Bros Michael Via, Tony Gregory and Antoine Hopkins are fully cleared for participation. That's fantastic news. D.J. Coles (PCL) is "coming along slowly", but he started jogging and Goforth said, "I have my fingers crossed that we can have him ready to go by the time camp opens." If Coles isn't ready by camp, then it's concerning. We're already extremely thin at receiver, and Coles may be the best we have. Tariq Edwards is jogging, and his rehab is on schedule to be ready by the start of the season. G-W is running and, "pretty much beating everybody at his position." Competition at Whip this summer is going to be the best it's been in three years. Bruce Taylor is rehabbing his right foot at home in Myrtle Beach. Goforth said, "I think Bruce is doing fine." And, "Something tells me that when it matters he'll be ready to go." Is that a vote of confidence?

Preseason practice starts August 7th in Blacksburg.

Good Job, Good Effort Hokie Tracks

89 days until Hokies football. So more teasing. This time big hits featuring Eddie Whitley foaming at the mouth. Who doles out Tech's biggest hit this year? The smart money is on Exum, but LT3 is going to have a lot of chances to lower his shoulder. Vinston Painter tilling Worsham Field with defensive ends' heels ten yards at a time won't produce a boom, but it'll make me feel all warm inside.

As long as it is reasonably close to Lane/practice field/football office, it probably doesn't matter where the new practice facility goes as long as the Frankinator can hold a 60 minute practice punting indoors when it's lightning out. Also, TIL Tech had a roller hockey rink on campus.

Montrezl Harrell committed to Louisville. Best of luck to him.

Hokie Tracks Don't Want to Share Bowl Revenues Equally

An uneven split of bowl (and NCAA tournament) revenues would be a fair compromise among the "football" and "basketball" ACC schools. Teel crunched the numbers and the top three earners since 2004 are: 1) Virginia Tech $83.4M 2) Clemson $33.7M 3) FSU $29.3M. I think it's bad business to chop up the television dollars, but post-season money is fair game. Each team gets a percentage of their payout, the rest goes into a pot to split. It's an incentive to get better at football and basketball too.

Blue-chip corner Kendall Fuller Tweeted his top four schools.

Hokie Tracks Aren't Talking about the Hokies

97 more days...

So yeah, that was kind of a tease.

Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich confirmed the ACC is trying to develop a bowl game similar to the one recently announced by the SEC–Big 12. It's a move that might be too little to late because the options are extremely limited. The ACC Champion playing Notre Dame every year might draw the most ratings and generate the most buzz, but could it consistently be the best annual matchup, and how long before it becomes stale? The Big East could offer up Louisville and Boise State. Woo? Playing the next best SEC, Big 12 or even Big Ten team after their playoff and respective bowl participants may be the best option in terms of allure and money. However, scheduling a game against sloppy seconds (or thirds) would be another public relations hit for the ACC. Isn't the little kids table fun.

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